Nokia 500 set for Q3 release

Nokia has just announced its latest touch-screen smartphone, the Nokia 500, which the Finnish giant claims will have all the power of the Sun – at a price that suits even the most bargain-conscious of budgets.


The handset will run on the latest version of the Symbian OS - Anna - and will have a much faster web browser as a result. It will also feature the all new Ovi Maps, Shazam, Encore, Gig Finder, Lonely Planet and Michelin Guides. Handy for those who don't like downloading apps themselves.


All will be viewable on the phone's 3.2-inch, 640x360 capacitive touch-screen. The 500 measures 111.3x53.8x14.1mm, and somewhat surprisingly, weighs in at an almost ethereal 93 grams.


The specs are certainly impressive for what's being touted as an 'entry-level' handset. At the heart of the beast is a 1GHz processor, the fastest chip Nokia has ever slapped into a handset, so the fact it's being released at the cheap end of the price range is a bit of an odd one. It's also going to have a five-megapixel camera, come with 2GB of on-board memory, and will be expandable to 32GB with a microSD card.


The Finnish giant is pushing the phone as being great for social networking with Facebook and Twitter alerts appearing on the phone's home screen.


What's most curious is the name, which is a new move for Nokia - this is the first time in a long time the company's buckled the trend of "letter-number" and opted entirely for numbers. Presumably this is the first of a whole new range.


The 500 will initially launch in black, with an exact launch date to be confirmed, but it's likely to be around September. A white version is set to hit the hight street at the end of the year. It'll cost approx £130 (before tax) - which is pretty cheap for a 1GHz jobby.

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